Angels & Demons


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Bob says:

    I was teaching high school at the peak of the DaVinci Code craze. The kids loved it, the library had multiple copies.

    Serenity now!Report

  2. Avatar E.D. Kain says:


    Some crazes I get, some I don’t. Like Harry Potter makes sense to me. I love it. These – not so much…Report

  3. I have to admit I enjoyed all of Brown’s novels. i’ve always had this unique ability to enjoy even mediocre prose as long as the story is action-packed. I suppose it comes from a childhood filled with comic books. I also read a lot of Brad Thor and Vince Flynn who write at roughly the same quality but pack in so much action you can’t help but enjoy the books.

    I happened to have read Angels & Demons just a couple of months before Pope John Paul II passed away. I appreciated the incite into the process to select a pope and all of the ceremony surrounding it.

    For all of the anti_catholic criticism, as a Catholic myself one thing I have always loved is the richness of our institutions and ceremonies. I think Brown’s books celebrate that to a point.Report

  4. Avatar Bob Cheeks says:

    E.D. well said!
    Try Suarez’s Daemon…this generations 1984, a philosophical/techno thriller!Report

  5. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    Thanks, Bob. I’ll look for that one.Report

  6. Avatar Dan Summers says:

    I love Audrey Tautou. I think she is sublimely lovely, and a talented actress.

    She could have offered to accompany me to every city that hosted a screening of “The DaVinci Code” and still I would have refused to sit through it. That a drek-o-rama of its caliber was a big hit says all one needs to know about the American viewing public.Report

  7. Avatar Easa Dara says:

    While there were a number of preposterous turns and exceedingly well placed helper events, my main issue with DVC was that, as a mystery, there were only 6 characters of any note in the book, thus it was impossible that the mysterious villain could be anyone but Sir Leigh, the Cardinal was too obvious. I was hoping that it was Langdon, just as a complete turnabout.

    The plot was entertaining but the pace, the swivel and above all the characters made it as enjoyable as eating honey nut cheerios until you realise that it is but honey nut flavoured cardboard.Report

  8. Avatar Juma Wood says:

    I think the NYT review called it a ‘primer on how not to write an English sentence’. Your hammer has struck nail here. Forget the phoney hysteria. This was shoddy piece of crap that lowers the bar for writing in general. This is no small point. I have come across dozens of people who cannot distinguish in the least that this book was not well-written.

    On a side note, ED, and I don’t have time to go back and quote you specifically, but I recall you recently being a bit flippant about the importance of the humanities (i know it was not the thesis of that post, but rather a throw away line in the beginning) to a proper Education. Whatever you meant by that, I draw a straight line between the decline of education in the humanities and appreciation for the DVC.Report

  9. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    On a side note, ED, and I don’t have time to go back and quote you specifically, but I recall you recently being a bit flippant about the importance of the humanities […]

    Really? I can’t remember doing so at all – I think I might have mentioned their being difficult to quantify in regards to success and so forth, but as a writer and a devout student of the humanities if I such a thing was penned by me I rebuke my former (drunken?) self. I did creative writing in college. I did theatre in high school. I’m a humanities partisan….

    And you make a very good point by the way…Report

  10. Avatar Juma Wood says:

    I can’t for the life of me find the post or the sentence that I referenced. Which might mean I made it up, or dreamed it, which would worry me, as it would mean I’m dreaming about you. I would immediately have to stop reading you and your site if that is the case.

    You don’t have to prove your bonafides to me. You are all good in my books.

    Apologies if any slight was given.Report

  11. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    Not at all, Juma. Lots to search through in this site, for one thing. I very well could have said something like that in a flight of fancy. Who can say?Report